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Point to Ponder
Have you ever
wondered about something you observed?
I was sitting on our
front deck last week having lunch when I noticed some blurred action
in one of our evergreens. I saw something on one branch, drop down
to a second one, turn upside down, and fall to a third
A minute or so later I
saw this very young robin fly up and settle on one of the branches
in our lilac hedge. And, there he sat. Despite his parents
calls, encouragement, and eventually coming close to him, there he
sat, and sat, and sat.
I remarked to Irene about this young bird and wondered
out loud if he continued to sit because he was scared from his fall,
embarrased (guy thing) or was just waiting to get his energy and his
courage up to try again.
We have two nesting pairs
of robins and one of the nests is in the upper part of the tree next
to this one. The branches overlap and perhaps he simply fell out of
Not sure what happened as
I finished lunch and went back in to get some more work done.
He wasn't there the next
time I came out so perhaps he made up his mind and flew back home.
Or, perhaps he jumped down to the deck and just walked
Made me think about you
and me when we encounter something like this. It doesn't work like
we planned or it takes us by surprise. What we do then, defines how
we live and how well we live.
- Do we let our fears
- Do we let our fear of
being embarrassed stop us?
- Do we catch our breath, refocus on
the sky, and fly again?
In each case the choice is ours.There
are people in your life who are there to encourage you and
to coach you, if you will let them.
Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey
A guest post from my friend Randy G. Pennington. His
new book release is July 15th
The Problem and Opportunity with
Another post about change? Really? The thousands of
other books, blogs, and articles on the subject aren't
I am with you. I don't need to hear another message
that changes are coming and I need to get on board. And yet, we are
confronted with this reality: Most of our efforts to make change
work don't work as well as we had hoped ... or even at
Research published by John Kotter in 1995 stated
that 70 percent of change efforts fail to achieve their desired
goal. Since that time, there has been an explosion in books,
articles, training videos, seminars, and speeches about
So what impact did we achieve from all of
our focus on change?
In 2013, eighteen years after Kotter's study, every
indication is that the vast majority of change efforts --as high as
70 percent by some reports--fail to achieve their desired
That's right. There has been basically a whopping 0
percent improvement in our collective ability to effectively
initiate and implement change.
We can now conclude that all of our attention and
focus on change hasn't really changed our ability to successfully
implement change in organizations.
But, you knew that
Think of all the changes you have experienced within
the organizations for which you have worked. Don't you think we
would be better at it by now?
Relentless competition, advancing technology, and
the struggle to remain relevant have made the ability to change a
matter of survival for some industries and
There is another story to be told, however.
The ability to make change work is a strategic
Companies that can quickly
identify, anticipate, and adapt to changing customer needs
and wants are the winners in a world where the competitive
landscape changes overnight. Leaders with the ability to build
a nimble team that is engaged and focused on continually getting
better will see their opportunities expand.
Ross Perot, founder of EDS and Perot Systems and
former candidate for U.S. President, famously said: "You
manage data and things. You lead people."
Too often, we have treated people like data and
things to be managed rather than as human beings with dreams,
aspirations, and choice. We won't make change work until we embrace
the difference as an opportunity to make our organizations, our
communities, and our lives better.
You can't do what you need to do and be what you
need to be as a leader unless you can make change work. That begins
when you acknowledge the problem and embrace the opportunity of
Randy Pennington is author of Make
Change Work: Staying Nimble, Relevant, and Engaged in a World of
Constant Change (Wiley, 2013) from which this article
is adapted. For additional information or to schedule Randy
for your organization: contact via telephone at 972.980.9857; e-mail
or on the Internet at http://www.penningtongroup.com/make-change-work/.
©2013 by Pennington Performance Group; Addison, TX.
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Irene's daughter Amanda and hubby Michael arrived on
Sunday, June 30th. They are having lots of fun already. We went with
them to the Ukrainian Village on Wed. and also to the Vegreville
Pysanka Festival on Sat. They're off in the mountains for a week and
then having a potluck bar-b-que next Sunday. They've invited
Amanda's Canadian friends and family to come celebrate their
July is our chance to
catch up and hopefully catch our breath. Irene is very busy with her
work as well as her web design business. Nice to have a visit with
Michael and Amanda too.
Pictured above: Michael
and Amanda Burgess at Irene's great grandfather Alex's store at the
I'm working on some
promotional work, a new book, and some website
We have totally
redesigned the Accredited Speakers website. Toastmasters did the
masthead and we are working to have it align with theirs. We are
populating it with those Accredited Speakers who want to speak at
District events, be hired by clients, and/or are willing to act as
guides or mentors to Toastmasters wanting to follow our footsteps
for this professional level designation. And Toastmasters is going
to promote our site; how cool is that!
Irene had her first
professional photo shoot for her inclusion in Womanition Magazine which comes out in November.
She had her make up and hair done, so just had to catch a shot or
two when she came home.
When we have some
sunshine vs the rains we have been getting I am working on projects
outside and creating space to store the stuff we brought from the
other house. Built a tool shed for the garden tools which created
space for shelves in the other larger shed behind the garage.
Working to rebuild one of
our fences and will be seeing how I can level the back deck and the
mudroom in prep for redoing the back deck.
Bob 'Idea Man'
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